Borussia Dortmund will look to check Real Madrid CF's early momentum when the top two in Group D come face to face. Madrid have the maximum six points but Jürgen Klopp's Dortmund are on four after producing an excellent performance in drawing at Manchester City FC last time out.
• Madrid ended Dortmund's reign as European champions when the teams first met in the 1997/98 semi-finals. Fernando Morientes and Christian Karembeu's first-leg goals in Madrid earned a 2-0 aggregate success for Jupp Heynckes' side, who went on to lift the trophy. Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc and director of youth development Lars Ricken featured in both matches for Nevio Scala's team.
• Madrid overcame Dortmund in the 2002/03 second group stage, winning 2-1 at home on 19 February 2003 as Raúl González and Ronaldo overturned Jan Koller's goal. Six days later Koller struck again but Javier Portillo's added-time strike made it 1-1. Madrid eventually qualified in second place, one point clear of Dortmund.
• The full lineups for that 25 February 2003 encounter were:
Dortmund: Lehmann, Wörns, Madouni, Metzelder, Dedê (Amoroso 90), Reuter, Kehl, Evanilson (Ricken 80), Frings, Koller, Ewerthon (Reina 87).
Madrid: Casillas, Salgado, Helguera, Pavón (Portillo 90), Roberto Carlos, Flávio Conceição (Guti 68), Makelele, Figo (Miñambres 72), Raúl, Zidane, Ronaldo.
• Sebastian Kehl and reserve goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller remain with Dortmund, and Iker Casillas with Madrid.
• Madrid's 23 previous away games against German opponents have yielded 16 losses and just one victory – 3-2 against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2000/01. The Merengues also prevailed in the 1958/59 European Champion Clubs' Cup final, held at Stuttgart's Neckarstadion, beating French side Stade de Reims 2-0.
• Including the 4-1 victory at AFC Ajax on matchday two, under José Mourinho Madrid have won eight away games in the UEFA Champions League, drawn four and lost just one – 2-1 at FC Bayern München in last season's semi-finals. They won the return by the same score but succumbed on penalties.
• Dortmund have failed to win any of their last five home meetings with Spanish clubs (and nine home and away), most recently a 1-0 defeat by Sevilla FC in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Ricken hit the decisive 119th-minute goal when Dortmund last beat Spanish visitors, earning a 3-1 second-leg success over RC Deportivo La Coruña – and 3-2 aggregate triumph – in the 1994/95 UEFA Cup third round. Dortmund's overall home record against Spanish clubs is W3 D3 L2.
• Germany's Marcel Schmelzer, Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Mario Götze, İlkay Gündoğan, Sven Bender and Kevin Grosskreutz are international colleagues of Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil.
• All bar Bender and Grosskreutz featured in Germany's 3-1 friendly loss to Argentina in August. Khedira (own goal) and Ángel Di María were on the scoresheet and Gonzalo Higuaín also played. Higuaín struck the only goal in Argentina's 1-0 March 2010 win against Germany in Munich.
• Ivan Perišić appeared as a substitute alongside Luka Modrić in Croatia's 1-0 loss against Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Sergio Ramos's Spain at UEFA EURO 2012. Hummels played in Germany's 1-0 UEFA EURO 2012 group stage victory over a Portugal side featuring Pepe, Fábio Coentrão and Cristiano Ronaldo.
• Neven Subotić's Serbia were beaten 2-0 by a Spain side including Casillas, Ramos, Alonso and Raúl Albiol in May.
• Jakub Błaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski's Poland lost 6-0 to Spain in June 2010, Alonso scoring once.
• Özil played for Dortmund's local rivals FC Schalke 04 between 2006 and January 2008 before joining SV Werder Bremen. His only goal against Dortmund in seven appearances came in a 1-1 home draw in November 2009.
• Khedira won the 2006/07 Bundesliga title with VfB Stuttgart.
FARE Action Week
• Matchday three of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League will contribute to the fight against all forms of discrimination in football stadiums as UEFA gives its full support to Europe's biggest anti-discrimination campaign – the FARE Action Week. Forty matches across the competitions on 23, 24 and 25 October will restate UEFA's commitment to ensuring that European football is free of racism, intolerance and xenophobia.
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